The Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC), the regulator for drone use in France, has approved a fully automated drone with no pilot.
Azur drones, the firm receiving the approval for the Skeyetech system, thinks the move will pave the way for new applications within the industry.
The device takes off from a docking station and requires no remote pilot meaning the specific approval is unprecedented.
Skeyetech drones can fly over private areas, BVLOS, day or night, in urban areas and under simple supervision of a remote operator.
With the new approval, the system will be directly operated by a security guard with no pilot license. The drone will thus be used to patrol the area or provide valuable aerial insights in case of an alarm.
Stéphane Morelli, managing director at Azur Drones, said: “We are very proud of this approval which rewards an 18-month close collaboration with DGAC services. Our system had to comply with the civilian aviation authorities’ requirements in terms of safety, reliability and quality. A process that was obviously very demanding due to the fully automated character of our system.”
Azur Drones went on to confirm that it is already under discussions with other authorities in order to get similar approvals in several other countries.